I’m Staci Bu Shea. Born in 1988, I’m from Miami, Florida. I’m a curator, writer, educator, archivist and organizer living in Utrecht, The Netherlands. My pronoun.is/they.  

Broadly, I focus on aesthetic and poetic practices of social reproduction and care work, as well as its manifestations in interpersonal relationships and daily life, community organizing and institutional practice. 

With art historian Rizvana Bradley in 2019, I embarked on a study trajectory called Poetics of Living to explore already existing and emerging non-normative forms of living together in consideration of rapidly changing discourses around sexuality, health, communal life, and death. In many ways, this forms the basis of my life practice and my interest in art and culture.

Stemming from this, I’m currently working on an artistic and poetic research project called Dying Livingly, which looks at the ways communal life and interior architecture of hospice inform one another and highlights emergent cultures of end of life care. Since 2019 I help out at a beloved local hospice. Recently I’ve started a death midwifery practice which is non-medical, holistic support for those dying and their loved ones. I received end-of-life care training from Going with Grace, and I’m a member of Death-led Life. More information on this to come.

From 2017-2022 I worked as a curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons (Utrecht), an art institution that focuses on collective art projects and organizational experiments. Together with the team I managed the exhibition program from concept writing and organization to working with artists and designing programs, but was also engaged in other areas of the institution. Noteably I stewarded a digital and analog archival project to establish a base for Casco’s archive since 1990 and sustainable archival practices for the team moving forward. I also worked to make Casco more accessible by implementing accommodations and fostering a culture of accessibility, testing what’s possible for a social, aesthetic experience of care while learning from and working with disability communities.

In the past, I co-curated Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies (2017) at Leslie Lohman Museum of Art (NY) with Carmel Curtis, and graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College with the group exhibition Emphasis Repeats (2016) at Hessel Museum of Art (NY). From 2011-2014 I worked as a studio manager and assistant to artist Jim Draper in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Below are some recent highlights of what I am doing:

Commoning Accessibility, information and tips on grassroots, mixed-ability accessibility organizing, Casco Art Institute, 05 May 2022

Towards Access, with Pernilla Manjula Philip, seminar course in the Design Department of Sandberg Institute, October 2021-February 2022

The Grand Finale, with Mira Thompson, text contribution to Softer Structures and the Social Dimension, organized by UKS at Bergen Kjøtt, NO, 27-28 September 2021

A New Culture of Accessibility, with Mira Thompson, Metropolis M, print and digital, August-September 2021

Barn's burnt down – now I can see the moon with CA Conrad, Camisha L. Jones, and Ching-In Chen, ASL interpretation and CART, graphic recording by Radical Roadmaps, as part of Wxtch Craft spring cycle: The poisons, the remedies, co-curated with Leana Boven, presented by Studium Generale KABK and Casco Art Institute, 20 May 2021

Access Intimacy with Mia Mingus, opening contribution by Not a Playground, ASL interpretation and CART, graphic recording by Radical Roadmaps, as part of Wxtch Craft spring cycle: The poisons, the remedies, co-curated with Leana Boven, presented by Studium Generale KABK and Casco Art Institute, 13 May 2021

Kasvio Restaurant in Utrecht, co-curated the artworks within the restaurant interior with chef Mari Pitkänen, 2 April 2021

Dying Livingly with Barbara Hammer, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, 17 March 2021

Learning from grief, Metropolis M, print and digital, audio available, 27 February 2021

Care in times of CareMetropolis M, print and digital, 13 April 2020

All about my mother COOP study group, Dutch Art Institute and Casco Art Institute, 2019-2020